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Yakima Organizations Make Bike Safety a Priority

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YAKIMA, Wash.--As the summer approaches, local organizations are teaming up to make bike safety a priority.

Kids brought their bicycles to the Madison House Saturday to learn how to become better riders.

The Lions Club partnered with the Boy Scouts and Yakima Parks and Recreation to put on a "Bike Safety Rodeo." Kids practiced things like start and stop exercises and looking over their shoulders for oncoming traffic.

NBC Right Now has already told you about several bicycle accidents this year, including one at the intersection of 16th and Jerome Avenue that put a 25-year-old man in critical condition.

Lions Club members said they hope this program will prevent any more bad bike accidents.

"We're going into the summer, there's going to be a lot more kids on the road and a lot more families traveling and not necessarily looking where they're going," said Doug Larin, a Lions Club Member. "The kids need to be learning how to protect themselves."

The Lions Club brought 75 bike helmets to pass out for free. They were hoping to teach at least 100 kids about bike safety.